31“Thanks for the compliment on the images, but if you only knew what I had to do to get them!!” Kurt Jambretz, bike race photographer
A Picture’s Worth…
…A thousand words and immeasurably more. Cycling is a business after all. Without images to entertain, explain, and market, information about our sport would be less tantalizing. Only so many can be reached at race-side, but millions of eyeballs participate by proxy via a still or moving picture.
The photographers of cycling often put themselves in harm’s way so an audience can imagine what it feels like to be in the midst of racing life, and their competition to do so is fierce. Only so many spots are designated for passengers on the motorcycles which move through the racing field. Established shooters, local media, and sometimes VIPs are designated those moto spots by the race promoter. Taking pictures outside the caravan, at road-side, leaves an incomplete story of the racing action.
The photographer and cameramen are in constant motion to capture the key moments of the race and to get that perfect shot: right light, a rider’s expressive face framed just so, in focus, and at a point which tells the story. Sometimes you’ll see a photographer perched atop a bridge railing or in the middle of a field to get a panorama of the peloton. Sometimes you’ll see one dangling over the side of a helicopter while filming. Post-race the real work begins as they rush to edit and file their best shots with the press, hoping their unique viewpoint is seen by the world.
It can be fun, and in all weather, under competitive circumstances, managing multiple variables, it becomes a bit like the sport that it’s documenting.
Prayer for Photographers & Cameramen
“Fear-of-God will be all his joy and delight. He won’t judge by appearances, won’t decide on the basis of hearsay. He’ll judge the needy by what is right…” 32Isaiah 11:2-4
We are enthralled by inventions which record a likeness in order to enjoy and evaluate racing. We know that appearances can be deceptive, and ask for heightened perception to see and learn truth behind what’s presented. We pray for safety for both rider and shooter in getting these captivating shots and ask blessing on those behind the camera.
Ponder How do I wish to be seen? Am I more concerned with my exterior than working on the qualities of a winner? Affirm I can be appreciated for my authenticity. Watch for ways to show your unique contribution to the world.
31Conversations with Kurt Jambretz, Photographer. http://www.actionimages.cc
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